The terrorists who attacked the Dinanagar police station in Punjab in a 12-hour long gunbattle came from Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Thursday, warning of a ‘befitting reply’.
Incidentally, the statement comes just weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had bilateral talks with Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia.
“A view on continuing dialogue with Pakistan will be taken by the government as part of diplomatic strategy,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Meanwhile, government sources confirmed that talks with Pakistan are unlikely to be disrupted.
In the attacks on Monday, four policemen and three civilians were killed in an area 18 kms from Punjab’s border with Pakistan.
Singh said that the GPS devices found from the dead terrorists established that they crossed into India through the River Ravi.
The trio of terrorists were also earlier captured in CCTV footage walking through a main road in Punjab with guns hours before the attack. They wore army fatigues and were equipped with AK47s and grenades. The terrorists hijacked a Maruti and then drove it to the police station before storming the area with firing.
Security forces originally wanted to capture at least one terrorist alive.
Last evening, Pakistani forces had killed an army Jawan in the Poonch sector along the LoC through a sniper attack